ROBBERY OF THE MUMMIES OF GUANAJUATO (1972) Reviews and overview

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El robo de las momias de Guanajuato (which translates as “Robbery of the Mummies of Guanajuato”) is a 1972 Mexican masked wrestler horror film directed by Tito Novaro (The Castle of Mummies of Guanajuato) from a screenplay by Francisco Morayta and Miguel Morayta (The Invasion of the Vampires; Bloody Vampire). It stars Mil Mascaras and Blue Angel.

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Stilted is a polite term for the lack of action and horror here. Two evil scientists spend an inordinate amount of time discussing their plans. There is no tension, no atmosphere and, even from those involved, seemingly no interest. A jaunty jazzy score is credited to director Novaro (as “supervisor”) so it’s presumably library music and sadly the only positive here.

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Strictly second rate, the masked wrestlers involved are even less actors than Santo or Blue Demon. There is scene after scene where everyone just discusses what’s going on… or rather, what’s not going on! Bashing midgets galore and super scared kids do not help either.

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A climatic fight between the supposedly superhero wrestlers and the “mummies” – whom are all dressed in modern clothing? – is largely filmed long shot and staged like a school ground fight with no-one making much effort.

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The term ‘worst film is the world’ is often bandied around without much serious thought but El robo de las momias de guanajuato is so poorly presented (even for a Mexican wrestling film) and so inept, it has to be part of this unfortunate canon. And whilst some bad movies have an undoubted appeal, this one is unforunately just dull. Nice poster though…

Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA

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